The star of “Justified” once made a name for himself, beyond his long filmography, through Twitter. Searcy became known as a quick-witted and feisty conservative who would take on any haters or critics in direct and blunt fashion.
While the star left the social media platform earlier this year, he’s still active on Facebook. And he has not backed down from his conservative views in the face of the very liberal Hollywood. The public is accustomed to seeing left-leaning celebrities go on long rants, but it’s a little more refreshing to see one from a right-leaning one.
Searcy, who directed the upcoming film “Gosnell,” posted a long response to a young friend of his who was curious why the actor voted for Donald Trump in the presidential election.
“Recently, a well-meaning young friend of mine asked me politely and sincerely why I voted for Trump. He said he honestly wanted to know, that he was trying to understand people who thought differently than he did about the election,” wrote Searcy.
The response was sincere and well-reasoned— and it hit on some major points worth noting.
“The push by Obama and the Democrats during his two terms in office has been to try to take over as much of the American economy as possible, often, especially in the case of Obamacare, by corruptly folding the large insurance companies into the scheme by designing a huge payoff to them right into the bill itself, and thereby forcing Americans to buy health insurance,” said Searcy. He said he is “anti-Democrat” and believes in smaller government and “individual liberty.”
Fans of Searcy know he was never a public supporter of Trump. He endorsed Carly Fiorina in the Republican presidential primaries — but still had positive things to say about the president-elect.
“Though Trump was not my choice, however, he is, strangely enough, in the category of people I have supported in the past. I have ALWAYS wanted an independent businessman, someone from the private sector and not the political class, to be the president,” Searcy wrote.
He also called Trump “far LESS socially conservative than GOP nominees in years past,” which Searcy said is a “plus.” He called him “the most LGBTQ-friendly nominee the GOP has ever had,” despite the Left’s accusations of racism and risk to social issues.
Searcy went on to criticize the Left and the media for painting Trump voters as racist and hateful. He said he supported a border wall and criticized Democrats and liberals for supporting dangerous open borders.
Searcy added, “I am sure I am not the only person you know who voted for Trump. Are all of us monsters? And if we are not, please ask yourself why the Democrat Party, from the president of the United States down to the lowliest poll-watcher at your local precinct, feels the need to demonize people like me and my wife and my parents every single day and mischaracterize us as racist, sexist, gay-hating xenophobes who hate everybody who isn’t white? I think you know me well enough to know that is not true.”
The actor has been facing his own politically and culturally biased uphill battle beyond that of a voting citizen. He directed the upcoming “Gosnell,” which raised over $2.3 million through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo — but now his producers are having trouble finding distributors.
The film follows the case surrounding Kermit Gosnell, a former doctor convicted of murdering three infants born alive during abortion operations. Gosnell’s abortion procedures only got more disturbing from there, and the mainstream media was often accused of ignoring and burying the story due to a bias regarding the way they wanted people to see abortion.
A team of right-leaning artists, including screenwriter Andrew Klavan and actor Dean Cain, got together with Searcy to film the project, but it has hit roadblocks in finding distribution.
The producers recently told Breitbart News that companies deemed the movie too controversial despite its PG-13 rating. The attempt to suppress it echoed the media’s lack of coverage from years prior. “This is one of the biggest crime sprees in American history,” producer Phelim McAleer said, according to Breitbart. “The book and movie will ensure that the cover-up is ended and the truth will be known.”
Considering the obviously unsupportive Hollywood system Searcy works within — it makes his words and actions as an artist all the more commendable.